Australia’s tourism offering will be richer thanks to the development of indigenous tourism experiences using federal government grants announced, according to peak national industry body, Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson has announced the indigenous tourism grants at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast this morning, including one to help develop the Yolngu Cultural Tourism Masterplan for Arnhem Land and another to help fund the creation of an indigenous tourism experience at Dreamworld.
TTF Chief Executive John Lee said the funding will drive tourism demand. “Aboriginal culture is one of Australia’s key points of difference as a tourism destination,” Mr Lee said, “and one which has not been fully realised.” “The grants announced today will help with the development of unique experiences which will open indigenous culture up to a broader audience. The Yolngu people’s proposed plan for Arnhem Land will create economic activity for the region and provide sustainable job opportunities for locals. Having a masterplan will ensure there is a variety of authentic activities and experiences on offer, helping to reinforce the Yolngu’s connections with their country and allowing them to build local, indigenous-owned tourism businesses. The grant allocated to Dreamworld will give visitors the chance to learn about different indigenous cultures through the interpretive experiences this attraction will deliver. Developing indigenous experiences in metropolitan areas provides an opportunity for the majority of international visitors to Australia who do not venture outside the cities.
It will create interest in those cultures, giving audiences a taste of the ancient rituals which are central to Aboriginal cultures and encouraging future dispersal to regional areas for a truly immersive indigenous experience.”